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Vol. 6 • Issue 31
Thursday, August 4 • 2011
Locals shine at triathlons Rosslanders prepare for over the long weekend BC Seniors Games See Page 12 See Page 4
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Last Saturday saw aspiring gardeners visit Rossland gardeners for tips and inspiration. Ida Koric photo
Rossland REAL Food edible garden tour IDA KORIC Rossland News
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Rossland REAL Food organized a tour of some of the alpine city’s most successful fruit and vegetable gardens. Saturday saw aspiring green thumbs visit four unique venues to learn what works and what doesn’t at 1000 meter elevations. With the notion of the 100-mile
diet growing in popularity, more and more people are using backyard gardens and farmers markets as the first choice source for their greens. The gardeners on this tour certainly knew what they were doing, and eagerly passed their techniques on to tour-goers. The tour began at the community garden at the far end of the RSS field. Councillor Hanne Smith
informed the gathered about the history, failures and successes of the garden, and proudly showed off her robust squash plants. The garden features separated parcels where locals grow everything from potatoes to strawberries, a “herb spiral” that takes advantage of varying levels and the sun’s movement, as well as elevated planter boxes for those with mobility issues.
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Other gardens on the tour included Sarah Golings’ residence, Rachel Roussin’s “Happy Valley Greens”, and the Doell chinese gardens, which were also a stop on last weekend’s garden tour. Maintaining a successful garden in Rossland can be challenging, due to such factors as a shortened growing season,
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HIP HOP CLASSES For all ages. Contact Megs: 362-3381, firstname.lastname@example.org. HOOLA-HOOPING CLASSES Tues., Miner’s Hall, with Shauna: email@example.com.
ZUMBA! Mon/Wed 9:30-10:30am. Tues. 6-7pm, Miner’s Hall, dance with Amber: a_
firstname.lastname@example.org, 362-7447, www.zumbakootenay.com. $55 for 10, first time free.
INTERMEDIATE PILATES WITH JACKIE Mon 7:30-8:30pm, Fri 6:30-7:30am, at Better Life
Fitness. www.betterlifefitness.net. Drop-in $12 or 10 for $95.
URBAN DANCE Tuesdays, 5-6pm, $8 drop in or 6/$40, Better Life Fitness - 2086 Washing-
MOEN’S GARDEN CONCERT Aug 6 starting at 6:30pm with Pickled Thistle (Janet and Terry
core, and more. 1995 Columbia, above the Subway. www.outofboundsfitness.com.
Marshall with Andrew Bennett) followed by Sapo, a Montreal group. 2464 3rd Ave. Rossland. No parking at house, park at Maclean School and access through alley between 3rd and 4th off of Butte. Admission by donation to the bands.
SATURDAY MORNING GROUP TRAIL RUNS 8-9:30am, Saturdays, May to October. Meet
ton. No experience required. Contact Nicole at 362-9673.
OUT OF BOUNDS FITNESS Indoor cycling, Drill Fit, Pilates, strength training, cardio,
at Kootenay Nordic Sports (2020 Washington). Free drop-in, all levels, year-round. Contact Tammie Gibson, 362-7071, email@example.com.
BC SENIORS’ GAMES, 55+ Aug 16-20. Visit bcseniorsgames.org, contact Barb: 362-9489.
ROLLER HOCKEY Fridays, 7pm, Rossland Arena. Co-ed drop in. Hart Joron: 778-588-
YOGA IN THE PARK until Aug 25 with Kerry Turner: Mon & Wed, 5-6pm, Webster
Elementary, Warfield. Tue, 5-6pm, Irwin Park, Rossland. Thurs, 12:10-12:50pm, Jubilee Park, Trail. Visit www.kerryyoga.com, or contact 512-9644.
SHUTTLE RIDES Wed. and Thu. nights, Pick-up 5:45pm at Revolution Cycles, Drop-off at the Steamshovel afterwards, by Adrenaline Adventures. $15 shuttle, or $20 includes burger and beer. Different ride each week. Limited space, book ahead.
FIRST EARTH SPIRIT GATHERING Aug 26-28, Crescent Valley. A weekend celebration in
honour of our Earth Mother. $20 or donation. Vendors and workshops welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or 364-1319.
LESSONS AT LOOLU’S LOST SHEEP Knit, crochet. $2 drop-in. Call 362-5383.
ANNUAL KIDNEY WALK Aug 28, 9am registration, Gyro Park, to support organ donation
MacLean StrongStart Center. Free, drop-in, for caregivers and young children.
and the Kidney Foundation. Walk, volunteer, or sponsor. www.trailkidneywalk.ca. GOLD FEVER FOLLIES 25TH ANNIVERSARY Daily shows, Tuesday to Saturday, July and Au-
gust, 3pm and 7:30pm, Miners’ Hall. Visit www.goldfeverfollies.com. FOUR WINDS DAYCARE SUMMER CAMP 8am-4pm, $45/day. Half days ($25.50) available for
3-5 year olds. Bike Camp (July 4-8), Summer Games (July 11-15), Nature Week (July 1822), Walk in the Park (July 25-29), Track and Field (Aug 2-5), Pirates and Fantasy (Aug 8-12), Bike Camp (Aug 15-19), Art in the Park (Aug 22-26). Contact 362-5233. GYMNASTICS SUMMER CAMPS 1501 Cedar Ave, Trail, with coach Nicola Marynowski: 18
MOTHER GOOSE Rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories, 10:30-11:30am, Thursdays at
KOOTENAY DANCE WORKS Ages 3 to adult. Ballet, African, modern and more. Contact
Renée Salsiccioli at 368-8601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY Fridays at the Rossland Library: Tots (ages 3-5) 10:15-
10:45 am and Books for Babies (under 3) 11:00-11:30 am. Drop-in. A parent or guardian must remain in the program room for the duration.
HOST YOUR OWN RADIO SHOW! Rossland Radio Co-op, 101.1 FM. Come to a Wednes-
day meeting, 7-9pm, 1807 Columbia. Or email email@example.com.
years coaching, level 2 NCCP, level 1 trampoline, also certified in preschool gymnastics and Special Olympics. Contact 364-5688, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSSLAND SKATEPARK COMMITTEE 6-8 pm, first Tuesday each month at the Rossland
KIDS KUNG FU July 9 to Aug 27 on Mon. and Wed., 10-11am,Better Life Fitness. Ages
7-12. 23 classes for $100. Contact 362-3348 or email@example.com.
COLUMBIA DISTRICT GIRL GUIDES Columbia District Girl Guides has units from Rossland to Salmo for girls aged 5 to 17. Call 250-367-7115. Leaders also wanted.
TIME TRAVEL ART CAMP Aug 29 to Sept 2, ages 6-12, Rossland Museum. 10am-3pm,
SCOUTING For boys and girls, now at the Rossland Scout Hall. Beavers (ages 5,6,7)
Library. Come be part of the process.
morning, afternoon and all day options. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 362-2327.
Wed. 6-7pm. Cubs (ages 8,9,10) Thu. 4-5:30pm. Contact Shanna Tanabe: 362-0063.
ROSSLAND MOUNTAIN MARKET Farmer’s market, June 30 to Sept 29, Thursdays from 3 to
YCDC YOUTH NIGHTS Free drop-in, 1504 Cedar Ave, Trail. Call 364-3322 or contact
6:30pm. For contact and vendor information, visit www.rosslandfood.com.
email@example.com. Art Night: Tue. 7pm; Movie Night: Wed. 6-8pm.
BUSKERS NEEDED FOR MOUNTAIN MARKET Schedule your show in the busking prime time,
ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BR. # 14 ROSSLAND General Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on
3:30 to 5:30pm. One gig scheduled at a time. Contact 521-2500 to secure a spot.
the third Wed. of every month. All members of Branch #14 are asked to attend.
GOLDEN CITY DAYS ARE COMING Sept 9 to 11, Parade on Sept. 10. This year, “Think Gold,”
ROTARY CLUB OF ROSSLAND: Weekly meetings at the Rock Cut Pub, Mon., 6-8pm. All
let’s get Rossland glittering. Wear your best heritage outfit! All welcome. Free lunch for parade participants. To register, contact 362-9023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
welcome! Contact John Sullivan, 362-5278.
GENEALOGY West Kootenay Family Historians, 7pm, first Monday each month, Sept to
THE FALL FAIR IS COMING Sept 9 drop off, Sept. 10 judging and fair. Many categories: flow-
June, SHSS, Castlegar. Annual fee $10. Contact Jean, 365-8100, or Grace, 364-1426.
ers, veggies, preserves, photos, crafts, and more. For information, call 362-9446.
BINGO AND FILMS Bingo Thurs., films Tues., both at 1:30pm, Rossland Seniors’ Hall.
DRAGON BOAT - KOOTENAY ROBUSTERS Tue/Thu evenings, Sat morning, May to Sept,
AIR CADETS Meets every Wed. 6pm - 9:15pm at the 44 Trail Armory in Shaver’s Bench
Christina Lake. Carpool from Rossland. Contact Mary Hatlevik, 362-9452. All women welcome. Raise awareness of breast cancer, support wellbeing.
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BARKS & RECREATION DOG TRAINING CLASSES Start anytime: puppies 2-6mo. old, basic
meatballs. Garlic toast and caesar salada. Kid sizes for $5.95.
Highway Drive, Trail B.C.
SPAGHETTI NIGHT AT CLANCY’S Every Friday, 6pm to 9pm. all you can eat pasta with
Waneta Plaza, Trail B.C.
Rossland News Thursday, August 4, 2011
Columbia Basin Culture Tour
Fat Tire Festival 2011
IDA KORIC Rossland News
The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is quickly approaching. The tour is a Kootenay-wide phenomenon stretching from Greenwood to Fernie on August 13 and 14. It will give visitors and locals an opportunity to visit the homes and studios of artists, artisans and master craftspeople throughout the region, and learn first-hand of their inspirations and experiences. There will be five stops on the Rossland portion of the tour, including painter Stephanie Gauvin, the Rouge Gallery, the Rossland Historical Museum and two women of many talents: Chris Marit and Tricia Rasku. The Rossland News visited with Marit and Rasku to get a taste of what art and culture fans had in-store. Marit’s first love is Christmas figurines, particularly large, life-like Santa Claus, which are lovingly crafted from clay face to hand-sewn outfits. Framed paintings in a variety of styles and mediums line her workshop wall, and papier-mache statuettes in varying stages of completion dot the shelves. “I like to do a lot of different things,” Marit states, “I get bored quite easily, and this way I can keep creating by moving on from one thing to the next.” She continues to grow the scope of her artistic projects by partaking in workshops and reading books on new craft ideas. Her newest project is rock painting, where Marit finds smooth river stones and allows the shapes to dictate which animals will be teased out by her brush strokes. Marit works mainly from home, but spends several hours each month at Trail`s The Artisan, which is an artist-run co-op where the public can purchase hand-made works of art. Tricia Rasku of TR By Hand also has a diverse portfolio, which includes working with several textiles, and making soaps from scratch. The first thing one notices when walking into the Rasku home is the pleasant scent of natural soaps. The second is a series of beautiful pedalpowered spinning wheels, collected from many corners of the world. “I really enjoy spinning,” Rasku says, “It’s one of the few things I can do for hours at a time. It is meditative; the spinning works best when done to a rhythm that matches
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evenings and marauding deer; tourgoers learned about everything from composting to fencing to water-capture techniques in order to give them a fighting chance. Much discussion also centred on which plants thrived locally (potatoes, leafy greens, strawberries) and which took an extra bit of patience and dedication (blueberries, squash). This Edible Garden Tour was the fourth in the series; winter and spring sessions had focused on seed growing, indoor gardens and the move from growing shelf to greenhouse. The final 2011 session is coming up in September, check the Rossland REAL Food site for updated times and venues: www.rosslandfood.com.
August 26-28 Friday, August 26, 2011 Group Rides!
Kick off the Fat Tire Fest at Jackson’s Hole Tricia Rasku in her workshop. Ida Koric photo
your heartbeat. Sometimes I’ll sit down at the wheel in an agitated state and it doesn’t go well, but then I have to slow down, and I’m forced into calmness.” The entire upper floor of the home is dedicated workspace; shelves full of raw wools and bundled yarns, a series of looms, racks displaying finished scarves and hats, and a kitchen that resembles a chemical laboratory. In addition to spinning her own yarn and dyeing her own wool, Rasku is a master weaver, talented handfelter, and seasoned soap-maker. Blocks of freshly-cut soap, swirled with lavender or perfumed with citrus, are stacked in pyramids while they cure. The soap is quite popular and sales are going well. Members of the public who are interested in learning the craft can take part in soap-making workshops that Rasku hosts in her home. Those who would rather leave all the hard work to the professionals can purchase the soaps at the Rossland outdoor market on Thursdays. Rasku`s felted hats, woven handbags, colourful scarves hand-made from silk, cashmere, wool, cotton... basically any material that strikes your fancy, can be found at the Rouge gallery in the Bank of Montreal building in Rossland, and also at The Artisan on Eldorado Street in Trail. Visit these ladies in person, and many other talented local artists, on the upcoming Culture Tour. Detailed brochures are available at the Rossland Chamber of Commerce, or information can be found on-line at www.cbculturetour. com.
Saturday, August 27, 2011 Rosemont Bike Park as we celebrate the kids of the Fat Tire Festival and watch the spectacular Dirt Jump Jam Bike. Parade and Criterium Ride downtown.
Sunday, August 28, 2011 This year Morning Mountain will be the site of both the cross-country and downhill races.
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Laura Anderson, with paddle and whifﬂeball in hand, is ready for the pickleball court at this year’s Seniors Games.
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Bocce, dragon boats, equestrian, golf, hockey, pickleball – these are just a few of the sports Rosslanders will compete in at the BC Seniors Games being held in Trail, Castlegar and Nelson, starting Aug. 16. Laura Anderson, who moved to Rossland from Toronto in 2003, is addicted to pickleball. “A lot of people played in Arizona in the winter,” she said. “I fell in love with it. It`s
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very big in the U.S., B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Manitoba. The relatively new sport combines tennis, badminton and pin pong. It is being included for the third time at the Games. Using a paddle and whiffle ball, pickleball scoring is similar to badminton, Anderson explained. “A lot of seniors like it. Many have a background in racket sports. The court is smaller so you don’t have to run so much, but it’s lots of good exercise. What I really like, it’s very social. I get to meet so many different people,” she says. It’s not “cut-throat competition,” Anderson added, noting she is more concerned with developing her skills. “There’s a lot of mentoring of beginners and young players.” This is Anderson’s first seniors games. She is entered in mixed doubles and women’s doubles, playing with people from Rossland, Trail and Castlegar. “I heard people from Kelowna are quite advanced and same for people from the Lower Mainland. I think it will be a real eye-opener.” Ritchie Mann is entered in the equestrian competition. “There’ll be a dressage test, a pattern and driving through cones – and obstacle course,” he said.
This isn’t Mann’s first time at the Games. He competed in cycling about seven years ago “but had a knee operation, so this is the first time since then.” He and his eightyear-old steed, Stormy, will be up against about 25 competitors from the East and West Kootenays, Okanagan and Lower Mainland. M a n n’s w i f e , Audrey, will be competing in the bocce e ve nt w it h Hel e n Bourchier, of Genelle. “We went for tryouts and thought we’d be swamped, but we were the only ones in the playoffs,” she said. She’s competed in the past in swimming and running. A l t o g e t h e r, 3 0 Rosslanders will compete for Zone 6 (West Kootenay). Others include: Maureen Corrado, Kathy Hanson, Mary Hatlevik, Rita Holmes, Ken Holmes, Jan Micklethwaite, and Trudi Toews in dragon boats; Cecil DuBois, Maureen Elliot, Joan Ferguson and Sharon Noakes in golf; Paul Broyd, Gary Holm, Ron Kassian, Michael R a m s e y, R i c h a r d Turner, and Don Vockeroth in hockey; Les and Violet Anderson in horseshoes; David Dudeck in pickleball; Don Lenarduzzi and Sam Ross in slo-pitch, Derek Chouralos, Leif Devantier and Bill Pettigrew in soccer; Barb Roberts in swimming; and Dale Bradley in tennis.
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Rossland News Thursday, August 4, 2011
News Economic impact of trails examined
It’s the classic Rossland story: “We came here Rossland News on holiday and loved the place so much we decided to stay.” And when asked what people love, two of the top answers are Red Mountain and the mountain biking trails. The trail systems, managed by the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS), and specifically the Seven Summits Trail, are major draws for locals and visitors alike. But determining the economic value of this sport to Rossland has been difficult. With funding from the Research, Planning and Evaluation branch at the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, the Columbia Basin Trust and Tourism Rossland, a survey is being conducted, profiling visiting mountain bikers and determining the economic impacts. “My primary objective is to interview tourists,” said Tom Flood who was hired for the summer to conduct the survey. “We hope to assess the economic impact of mountain biking as an important tourism draw.” Situating himself at various trail heads, and occasionally downtown, Flood uses a palm pilot to collect data. He asks visiting bikers about their experience on the trail network, as well as their spending habits while visiting the area. “(Tourists) say our trails are awesome,” he said. “They’re definitely happy with the condition of the trails and how well they are maintained.” KCTS director Anthony Bell said the surveys will also help the society when it goes for funding. “Half the people using Rossland’s mountain bike trails last year were tourists,” he said. “Many came because they heard about the Seven Summits Trail. Once they got here, they said they didn’t realize just how much biking there was here.” The study is a partnered project between Tourism British Columbia, part of the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Tourism Rossland, Rossland Sustainability Commission and Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Assocation. Results of the survey will enhance market intelligence so the community can plan for LANA RODLIE
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continued development of mountain biking trails and products. The Rossland surveys will be computed with surveys from other areas so trends can be watched and Rossland will be able to compare itself with other biking communities. Martin Littlejohn, President of Western Mountain Bike Tourism Association said the study will not only help understand the economic benefits from mountain bikers visiting to the area, “but will also represent an example of the value of trails to communities in B.C.” Watch for results of the study later this fall. For more information about initiatives of the Visions to Action: Sustainability Commission visit www.visionstoaction.ca
Tom Flood, who usually spends his days at a trail head, enjoyed a sunny afternoon in downtown Rossland while interviewing local mountain biker and Kootenay Trail`s Society director Anthony Bell. Lana Rodlie photo
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Canada and the European Union (EU) have been negotiating the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) since 2009 and there is an air of secrecy surrounding talks. The eighth round of negotiations recently took place in Belgium and it is estimated the agreement could be completed by October. It’s easy to see why the two would work on a free trade agreement together as according to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the EU is our country’s second biggest trading partner – in 2010, goods and service exports to Europe equaled $49.2 billion while imports from Europe equaled $55.3 billion. Furthermore, Statistics Canada numbers indicate that the EU is Canada’s second biggest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) with stock of FDI amounting to $146.9 billion at the end of last year while the country’s direct investment in the European Union amounted to $145.2 billion. International trade is a big, big cog in the machine that is the world’s economy and while there is nothing wrong with Canada and Europe as trading partners, there is a lot wrong with CETA, at least based on what we know about it. Little information about the details of negotiations is forthcoming but according some – including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – the agreement could handcuff local government when it comes to handing out contracts to local businesses for goods and services. Municipal government is responsible for such services as water and waste and recycling collection and a paper from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives suggests that CETA could threaten this control. The paper says that the agreement is likely to include rules protecting foreign investors from government action, which would decrease the value of an investment or take away market access from an investor. Federal and municipal politicians worry that water and CETA could affect farming and water rights and in fact, some people have sent letters to MPs and MLAs expressing opposition to the agreement. But while opposition from municipal government may make a difference, residents from municipalities can make the voice of opposition that much stronger. Write your MP and MLA voicing opposition to CETA. People raised their voices in opposition to the HST and it led to change. Doing the same thing in opposition to CETA could go a long way in protecting municipalities. We want to hear from you.
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Floating movie night this week The Rossland Pool’s second, Zippity Do Dog Floating Movie Night is this Thursday, August 4, from 8 p.m. until the end of the movie. Depending on the evening light, the movies typically start around 9 p.m. Enjoy a swim in the Pool from 8-9 p.m. and then watch the movie while floating in the water or hop out, dry off and get cozy in a chair. The guards have popcorn, pizza, hot chocolate and candy available for sale. Admission is $4.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members. The Geocaching Camp for Kids is running Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Geocaching is based on a community of people who “hide” caches which can be as small as a film canister or as large as a small Tupperware. Geo-cache hunters use a GPS device to locate the caches, sign their names and trade treasures. This camp will teach you what geocaching is and how the technology works. GPS units will be provided by the Instructor and shared by the participants. There’s a Kids Kung Fu class for kids 7-10 years starting August 15 and running until Friday, August 19 with a second session running from August 22 to 26. This is a traditional Kung Fu class that challenges kids physically while increasing their mental well being. The class is fun, action packed and challenging. Bare feet, comfortable clothing and a water bottle are all the kids need. The class runs from 9 -10:30 a.m. in the Rossland Arena. Right after the Kung Fu is the Teen Self Defence Class. This class teaches personal defence methods that are fuelled by adrenaline and taught to participants through martial tech-
niques and scenario examples. This class also covers core exercises, total body stretching, strength, flexibility and mental awareness. The class runs from 11 -12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday for kids ages 11-13 years. The Rossland Pool is offering the Bronze Cross from Monday August 15 to Friday August 19 from noon to 5 p.m. daily. Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. The Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs, including the National Lifeguard Service (NLS) and Instructor certification. If the rain is getting your kids down and you’re starting to hear, “There’s nothing to do!” consider having them enter the “Express Yourself ”, BC Kids Writing Contest. The contest is open to kids between the ages of 8-12 years who live in BC. Children can write a story, a poem, a play or some other piece of writing as long as it is no longer than 300 words. For more information about the contest, check out the website at: http://expressyourself.bclibraries.ca . The Rossland Public Library has their Summer Reading Club information out and this year’s theme is “Savour Each Word…discover the deliciousness of reading”. With games to play, crafts to make and stories to tell, there’s lots of fun to be had. For more information about age groups and times, please contact the Library at 250-362-7611 or rplsrc@gmail. com To see what the Summer Reading Kids have been up to check out the website: http://rossland.bclibrary.
ca/kids/summer-reading-club-2011. On August 8, Ursula Stephens will be teaching kids 6-12 to make moss gardens. The 9-12s are writing book reviews which you can find at, http:// rplsrc.tumblr.com/ AquaTot lessons at the pool are on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the duration of the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This half hour lesson is for parents and tots to enjoy social time in the water and introduce skills like buoyancy, movement, floating and active water play. Tots will be assessed on the Red Cross Preschool levels Starfish, Duck and Sea Turtle. Once your little one has shown mastery of certain skills, they’ll move up to the next level. The guards will keep track of your little person’s progress. When one level is completed, you’ll receive your child’s first Red Cross Swimming Lessons booklet to keep track of their progression for the next few years. The lessons are drop in and parents can enjoy coming as often or as little as summer holidays permit. Cost is $2.00 for members and $3.00 for non members. The Recreation Department is currently working on the brochure. The brochure typically spans the months of September to December but in the interest of saving paper, printing costs and administrative time, the Recreation Department will be combining the Fall and Winter Brochures into one brochure, spanning the months of September to March. If you have a hobby or an interest and would like to offer a program that falls into these months, please contact our department to discuss available options. Deadline for receiving information is the end of July.
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When you have a passion for a winter sport, you have to find a way to stay in shape during the off-season. Sierra Gibson is a 17-year old Rosslander who is a memeber of the BC Cross Country Ski Team. Gibson averages 500 hours of training each year and part of that training is roller skiing in the warmer months. Roller skiing is like cross country skiing, with the same motion, but on short skis with wheels attached. It allows the transition back to snow and the ski season to be much smoother. “Cross country skiing is so much easier when you hit the snow after roller skiing in the off-season. You can just jump on your skis, with a few minor adjustments and you are good to go,” she says. Roller skiiers can be seen at their usual spots near the Paterson border, Seven Mile Dam and Thunder Road. “I have had a lot of people asking me about rollerskiing,” Gibson says. “They ask “is it hard, how can we do it, where do you buy them, can I try?” Gibson is the daughter of Tammie and Dave Gibson, owners of Kootenay Nordic Sport. She decided to put her experience and technique to use and pass it along to other people who are interested. Drop-in roller skiing is offered every Wednesday night for intermediate and
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Young at heart, Fred Schulhoh of Zone 4 is the oldest competitor registered for the swimming event of the B.C. Senior Games to be held at the Trail Aquatic Centre, August 18 – 20.
In his soft lilt of his mixed-European accent, Fred relates that he was born in 1919, and moved to Ireland as a refugee from war-torn Europe in the 1930s. He attended the University College of Dublin, graduating as a Chemical Engineer.
In 1958, Fred emigrated once more, this time bringing his family to Vancouver. He worked ﬁrst for B.C. Hydro and ﬁnally for the consulting ﬁrm, Sandwell, for 22 years. During this time, Fred swam only for pleasure.
It was not until the Senior Games in the year 2000, when a friend invited Although he learned to swim as a him to watch the Games, that Fred toddler in the pools to decided to resume his competitive in Innsbruck, Auscareer – at only 81 years of age. tria, tr his competitive career began with Fred competes in the freestyle and c the th college team. He breaststroke events, as well as helpalso a swam at a Na- ing his Zone 4 team in the relay tional level in Ireland, events. Although he has little competi winning both silver tition in his age group, he races with w and a bronze medals much younger competitors as his in breaststroke. times are comparable!
Despite his years, Fred has the physic of an athlete – abs at 92. He also radiates the appearance of a contented gentleman, his wedding ring of 64 years on his left hand and his iron ring denoting his P. Eng. designation on his right-hand pinkie ﬁnger. Maybe his life philosophy is responsible: live for each day and each day do the best you can. Fred is an inspiration for all the “younger” senior participants – you are never too old to begin and never to old to participate.
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Before making a decision, Rossland council wants to see how the community feels about a Happy Valley resident subdividing her property. At the July 25 council meeting, council discussed Brenda Trenholme`s request for an amendment to the OCP bylaw to allow the subdivision of her 7.89 acres. She would like to sell her house, including a pool, gardens, barn and garage, and retain the adjacent five acres to build a smaller dwelling, sometime in the future. She said she has no immediate plans to build but the land would simply remain a green space until then. “The dwelling I propose would be compact and close to the road, on the existing natural high point, incurring as little as possible environmental impact,” she wrote. “Services (water, power, gas, electricity and cable) already exist along the road. The house would be built with a modern approved septic system and would not require the city to provide sewer service.” In return, she is offering the city’s use of the old cemetery access path which presently crosses her property. “This would ensure that no matter who owns the land, the access to the cemetery would not be jeopardized.” She would also like to dedicate a quarter acre plot of land to be used as a public, communal garden. “This green belt along the south side of the cemetery road, in the northeast corner of my land is ideal for gardening as it is gently sloping, south facing, has beautiful soil and good drainage. There is a creek running by it for water.” The community garden and the fruit from about 30 fruit trees would be donated to Rossland REAL Food, and the neighbours would be welcome to allow their livestock to graze on her pasture land as they have done for the past 20 years. Trenholme has already allowed the lower periphery of her property to be used by the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society to develop the trail network for hikers, bikers and skiers. “With my proposal to dedicate this trail to the city, this trail is pro-
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tected for public use in perpetuity. This fits with the aspirations of the Rossland Historical Society who are keen to see this historical route to our beautiful cemetery and trails preserved now and protected into the future. Neighbours Elizabeth and Frank Fowler sent an accompanying letter indicating their willingness to support Trenholme’s request and add a small triangle of their property crossed by the cemetery road to the city. Councillor Kathy Moore wondered why Trenholme couldn`t be allowed to separate the property with a condition that it must be left as pasture. “She could rent it out,” Moore said. Corporate administrator Victor Kumar said Trenholme can already do that. People who subdivide with that provision can then apply for a building permit, he explained. “This (rezoning) is the first step.” Moore and councillors Kathy Wallace both wanted to give Trenholme the chance to survey her neighbours, but Mayor Greg Granstrom worried that such a zoning change would set a huge precedent. “This could be a major OCP zoning phase,” he said. Councillor Laurie Charleton agreed. “This will lead to additional applications from other land owners,” he said. “We’ve had applications and we’ve said ‘no, stick to the OCP.’ I don’t think we should turn around and entertain anything else.” Charleton was also not impressed with making space for a community garden and said the road is a public road already dating back over a century. “If we allow a subdivision like this to go ahead, how many in the future? Then we’d have to supply a second access, sewer services. “Save the effort and concern and say ‘no’ now.” Granstrom said it would be unfair not to allow Trenholme the chance to solicit neighbours. “If she want to proceed knowing all that, we can’t deny her the chance to try,” Granstrom said. “But we will inform her of the OCP and zoning bylaws and give her the opportunity to organize public meetings.”
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It was a beautiful morning when over 200 triathletes ran from the beach into Kootenay Lake for the start of the 29th Annual Cyswog’n Fun triathlon. Dallas Cain of Rossland captured his fourth win of the event in a time of 2:03:04, finishing three minutes ahead of second place, Chad Reid of Lethbridge and third place Brad Kohlsmith of Calgary. Cain came out of the water three minutes behind Reid, a 2010 National Champion at this distance. Cain used the fastest bike of the race to move him into first place with 20 second lead, he then had the day’s fastest run to finish comfortably in first place. “Nelson is always such a great race, awesome volunteers and very well organized. Today was a lot of fun, having an athlete like Chad in the field keeps me full throttle the whole race. I am excited now rest and get ready for Ironman Canada in Penticton,” Cain said after the race. On the women’s side, first place went to Kelly Geisheimer, who smashed the competition in a time of 2:16:07. Kelly finished eight minutes ahead of Kelowna’s Kari Bailey and twelve minutes ahead of Kelowna’s Jeanette Elmore. Competing in the short course event Susanne Fraser finished first in her age group in a time of 1:23:59 and Maureen Brown finished second in her age group in a time of 1:32:04. Other local atheletes competing included Stewart Daroux and Barbara Shields.
Biting qualifies for worlds Seth Biting of Rossland competed in the Calgary Ironman 70.3 triathlon on Sunday and finished 2nd place in his age group in a time of 4:45:27. This placing qualifies Biting for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas in September. The Ironman 70.3 series is half of the distance of a full Ironman, with a 1.9 km swim, a 94 km bike ride and a 21.1 km run.